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Gr 10 Up-Jessie Ralle starts out as a typical teenager with a complicated love life. She and some friends, including her ex, all head to Las Vegas to celebrate graduation. Strange things start to happen, culminating in Jessie's getting murdered and mysteriously brought back to life-with superpowers. As if that weren't enough, she finds herself in a parallel version of Vegas. Luckily, her long-lost father turns up to explain everything. Less luckily, there is a lot of explaining to do. It turns out that Jessie is a witch, or a human with superpowered genetics. Now that she has "connected" to her true nature (by dying), she will start experiencing life in dual universes: one day in the regular world followed by the same day in the witch world. There are also two versions of herself, Jessie and Jessica, and Jessica, the witch version, has a baby named Lara who has been kidnapped by a rival group of witches who are trying to take over the world and . . . so on. The complications of the two universes and the fact that all of the characters have two versions of themselves make the already-convoluted plot completely unmanageable. Also off-putting is the way that the rules of Witch World seem to be inconsistently applied and the characters, including the protagonist, are frequently unsympathetic. Though the book is written for teens, the characters talk and act like adults, and there is no shortage of sex and violence, making the novel most appropriate for older teens. Even the most dedicated Pike fans may have trouble making their way through this messy tome.-Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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There are two worlds, each mirroring the other—almost. One is populated by humans, the other by witches; one plays the card game Twenty-One, the other symbolically plays Twenty-Two, known as Red Queen. Jessie Ralle is introduced to this bifurcated world during her high-school graduation trip to Las Vegas, a trip that effectively murders her and brings her back to life not only as a witch but as a mother to a nearly perfect witch child coveted by the evil Lapras, one of the two covens within Witch World. It’s another Pike roller coaster ride, with Jessie plunging into dangerous situations and scrambling back out through her supernatural witch powers, only to plunge into yet another bizarre, terrifying mess. The Las Vegas glitter and gambling is juxtaposed with the barren desert, much like the good Tar witches morphing into the evil Lapras. The novel will force readers through a tug-of-war between two worlds and the powers that connect them: good and evil, pain and pleasure, love and hate. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pike is the New York Times best-selling author of the Thirst series, and fans will be clamoring for his latest. Grades 9-12. --Frances Bradburn

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Product Details

  • Series: Witch World
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442430281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442430280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on February 5, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Witch World completely sucked me in!

At the outset, we meet Jessie Ralle and she is reflecting back on her life. She discovered that she was a witch at the age of 18 just after graduation, when her class took a weekend celebratory trip to Las Vegas. Jessie and her best friend, Alex, hit the blackjack tables when they get to Vegas. She meets a man named Russ, who seems to have a knack for knowing what cards he is going to get. He gives Alex bad advice on purpose to get rid of her so that he can have Jessie all to himself. Jessie ends up spending her last dime at Russ' insistence that she put all her money in. Before the night is out, Russ is up over half a million dollars and Jessie has won a substantial amount herself. The only problem is that Jessie is only 18 years old and, therefore, underage. Her fake ID may have been sufficient to get through the door, but she now needs to provide her Social Security Number to collect her winnings. She agrees to let Russ cash out the chips for both of them, and she waits for him in his hotel room. Although she worries a bit about whether he will skip out on her, she also feels that she can trust him.

The next day, Jessie is kidnapped and thrown into a meat locker. She tries to escape but fails, and she slips into unconsciousness as the effects of hypothermia begin to take their toll. When she awakens, she is in a morgue and the coroner is about to cut her open to perform the autopsy. Her mind is awake but she cannot speak or move, and she has no idea how to get his attention before he kills her for real when he removes her organs!

Pike has created an amazing parallel world called Witch World. A person can have up to ten extra genes, but the genes can overlap to create extra abilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have to start out by saying I have been a huge fan of Christopher Pike and his books for nineteen years. I started reading his books around the time I was 11 or 12, and if I'm remembering correctly, the first one I ever read was Whisper of Death. Unfortunately I don't remember that book very well, but reading it influenced me to purchase the first Pike book I would ever own (which is still either my #1 or #2 favorite, depending on the day you ask me), Remember Me.

It's been especially exciting over the past few years to see The Last Vampire re-packaged for a whole new generation of fans to enjoy, and then to eventually see Pike start releasing brand new books such as Thirst No. 3 and Thirst No. 4--and now Witch World. Before I knew what Witch World was about, I assumed it would be another bind-up like To Die For, but I was ridiculously happy to find out it was totally new.

Witch World begins with the graduating senior class of Apple Valley High planning a trip for a fun-filled weekend in Las Vegas. Jessie is still in love with her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, and her drive to Las Vegas becomes uncomfortable after she finds out he'll be riding there in the same car with her. She still doesn't understand why he broke up with her, and it hurts her that he left her for his previous girlfriend, Kari. Jessie is hoping that while they are in Las Vegas she'll finally get the truth behind their break-up.

Once in Las Vegas, Jessie and her best friend Alex break away from their classmates and head out on their own into the casinos armed with their fake IDs. At a 21 table, Jessie and Alex encounter a handsome stranger named Russ who doesn't seem to be able to lose the game.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading Pike books since elementary school. In all these years he never fails to disappoint ...and this latest read is no exception! I read the first 2 chapters online a month or so before the release date and even then I was hooked. One thing I love about his writing style is that it always makes you think. This book went in a completely different direction than I thought it would and that made it even more fantastic! It really had everything...mystery, drama, horror, & even a love story. I definitely recommend this book as well as all of his other works. I can't wait for the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunset Rose on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a long-term Pike fan, I was excited about Witch World. From previous books I have read by Christopher Pike, I've come to expect a certain level of action and storytelling that will not let me put down the book before finishing it as fast as humanly possible.
I went into Witch World with few expectations as to what it would be about. I knew it was a story about witches and alternative universes.
What did I like about this book? I liked that it was a good read. It kept me engaged. The story took many twists and turns which I appreciated and I couldn't wait to finish this story. I would highly recommend it as a gift for a young adult/teenage reader.
Jessie Ralle is the eighteen-year-old protagonist and she is an easy to relate to character. She is a normal, down-to-earth person and this made me emphathise with the challenges she faces in this story. Jessie, along with her graduating classmates and ex-boyfriend (Jimmy), are heading to Vegas at the start of the story for a weekend to celebrate the end of high school. Her ex-boyfriend rides in the same car as her and her friends, and Jessie knows it is only a matter of time before she and Jimmy have to talk.
Her first night in a Vegas casino, she encounters a strange man who is on a winning streak and Jessie soon learns that nothing is as it seems in the world about her...
There is a lot of action in this story. I have not read many stories about an alternate universe and Christopher Pike has definitely included enough depth and complexity in the first Witch World story to allow much territory to be explored in subsequent books.
I can't wait for the next Witch World book!!
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